Diamond Seasons Begin, End For Local Players
The high school softball and baseball seasons are getting underway tonight (Tuesday) as the Emmetsburg E-Hawks host Bishop Garrigan in a varsity-only game, while the Lady E-Hawks travel to Forest City.
But for a group of former Emmetsburg E-Hawk baseball players, an exciting diamond campaign has come to a close for the season.
As members of the Buena Vista University Beavers, Ryan Wuebker, Kyle Dupic and Mitch Fandel, along with BV Assistant Coach Ryan Dupic, all former E-Hawk players, were part of a record-setting Buena Vista team that advanced into the NCAA?Regional Baseball Tournament, falling in a 10-3 setback to sixth-seed Illinois Wesleyan Sunday.
Buena Vista ended its 2010 season with an outstanding record of 32-13, setting a new record for wins in a season for the school.
Sophomore pitcher Ryan Wuebker had a stellar season, recording 10 wins on the hill for the Beavers, and in the process, tied a Buena Vista record for number of wins in a season. He shares the record with Larry Frakes, who set the mark in 1976.
The Beavers also claimed the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title, with a 9-4 win over Wartburg in the league tournament on May 16. With the IIAC?conference tournament win, Buena Vista automatically qualified for the NCAA?Central Region Baseball Tournament, where they opened play on May 19 with a 3-1 loss to Illinois Wesleyan in the double-elimination tournament.
However, the Beavers came back to defeat North Central by an 8-5 score Thursday, May 20. On Saturday, May 22, Buena Vista got a key save from Emmetsburg native Kyle Dupic to rally for an 11-6 win over Rose-Hulman. Dupic took over in the fourth inning and gave up one runs with seven hits to pick up his fourth win of the season against one loss on the hill.
Buena Vista would then pick up a 13-8 win over Webster to set up their rematch with Illinois Wesleyan, but fell in the 10-3 final to close out their season.
Mitch Fandel saw action as a pitcher and outfielder for the Beavers during the season as well during the season..